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Saturday, September 6, 2008

State beats W&M 34-24...more questions remain.


Sometimes you just have to get in the endzone once to get the ball rolling.

In an abysmal first half that saw both teams punt the ball a combined 13 times, the Pack would finally cross the goal line with an Andre Brown touchdown run following a Tribe turnover.


That score led to a veritable offensive explosion,
by the Pack's recent standards, with State posting 34 points before night's end.

But there are still some big questions that need to be answered. Pimo-A-#1 is State posting just 67 rushing yards against a Div. I-AA opponent. For all the grief I gave Carolina for getting manhandled upfront by McNeese St. last week, we looked equally poor creating lanes for Andre Brown and Curtis Underwood to run through. It's even more troubling when you consider that, according to Steven's look at W&M's team from last season, their run defense was atrocious.

It took Brown 17 carries to get to the half-century mark (54, to be exact). That a paltry 2.5 yards per carry...pretty thin. If State's going to have any chance at all against Clemson next week, or any other opponent left on its schedule, it has got to run the football better.

Daniel Evans had yet another poor outing, and that should put the final nail in his starting chances this year. Harrison Beck used his arm strength to create big plays in the passing game, an element Evans just doesn't posses. Wilson is still your number one option, but Beck showed flashes of the potential that made him such a highly sought after recruit at one time.

The defense continued to look strong. The zone scheme that was installed after TOB's arrival seems to be generating the turnovers it was intended to, with two more interceptions snagged against William & Mary. You have to temper things, however, given that it was against a I-AA opponent.

So it's on to Death Valley next week. This was a good win for the Pack if for no other reason than it was a win. Points were scored. Just getting over that hump is an important part of the recovery process.

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